Impact of Pesticide Use

Is the over-use of pesticide in the U.S. responsible for increased disease occurrence? What is the impact of pesticide use?

Over the past several years, I have become more aware of the dangers of pesticide use by commercial farmers. If you’re like me, you have seen some shocking headlines of pesticide being linked to such diseases as cancer, asthma, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Togetherfarm Blocks I want to help you make good choices and encourage you to either grow your own food or buy organic produce. Not all produce is loaded with pesticide. Some commercially grown fruit and vegetables contain more pesticide than others. I will give you a list of these items a little later. If you would like to read a wealth of information about the impact of pesticide use, you can find scientific articles and answers to all your questions here: Beyond Pesticides 

I personally support growing your own healthy fruit and vegetables. By growing your own food, you are 100% in control of what is going into the food. There’s nothing more comforting than that. But, even if you grow your own food, chances are you will still need to purchase a few items from the store or better yet a local farmers market.

Take the Initiative to Learn More

Please take time to learn more about the impact of pesticide use. The “Beyond Pesticides” website is the most thorough and informative site out there. I read through many resources during my research on this topic, and I found that site to be the best. Educate yourself so you can make good decisions for yourself and your family.

In this article, I will get you started on your pesticide-free journey. Here are the topics I will discuss:

• Grow Your Own Food
• Choose Safe Food
• Commercial Produce to Avoid
• Safer Commercial Produce
• Conclusion

Grow Your Own Food

Garden Fresh Veggies

Garden Fresh Veggies

Once you learn the impacts of pesticide use, you may want to be in complete control of your pesticide consumption. The best way to do that is to grow your own food. There are many easy options for growing food easily and with little maintenance.

My family uses a combination of indoor and outdoor growing, hydroponics, aeroponics and organic soil gardening. Some of the easiest methods involve using pre-made systems that are designed for busy people, with little knowledge of gardening. You don’t have to be a professional gardener to grow your own food. You can learn about some great pre-made systems by reading my article Review of Hydroponic Systems. 

If you have a plot of land and are willing to learn, I have a great suggestion for you. I recently learned of a unique method for growing pesticide-free food, it’s called Food 4 Wealth. This method is based on ecology, not horticulture. The creator of this method has a program to teach you how to do it yourself with step-by-step instructions. His method will help you create a living, breathing ecosystem that uses edible plants. You can learn more about this method by reading my article Start A Garden. 

Choose Safe Food

We all know how important it is to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Eating healthy food is the best way to keep our bodies healthy. But how do we choose what to eat with all the scary information about pesticide?

The impact of pesticide use is real, and somewhat confusing. How do we know what’s safe? There are many companies, who have done extensive research on commercial produce to determine which ones contain the highest levels of pesticide. Read on to learn which commercial produce to avoid, and which ones are safer options when buying from your local supermarket.

Commercial Produce to Avoid

Several sources confirm that some fruits and vegetables contain high levels of pesticide when purchased from the supermarket. Now that you’re aware that there is a real impact of pesticide use, I’m sure you’re concerned about pesticide consumption.

You may want to consider buying the following foods from the organic aisle. Or better yet grow them yourself!

• Apples
• Strawberries
• Grapes
• Celery
• Cherry Tomatoes
• Cucumbers
• Peaches & Nectarines
• Hot Peppers
• Spinach
• Potatoes
• Sweet Bell Peppers
• Kale
• Collard Greens
• Summer Squash

You may wonder if washing the foods listed above will remove the pesticide. Washing fruit and vegetables is an important step to reducing the amount of pesticide consumed. But it does not entirely remove the pesticide from the food, especially if the food has been treated heavily with pesticide.

Although buying organic food is a good idea, it can be quite expensive. That is one of the reasons I advocate growing your own organic food.

Safer Commercial Produce

There are some foods that are deemed safe. The experts claim that these foods do not contain high levels of pesticide and are safe to eat. I have seen these food items referred to as “the clean 15” from a number of different sources. Some argue that a few items listed here were confirmed to have lower pesticide levels because the products are peeled prior to consumption.

• Onions
• Sweet corn
• Pineapples
• Avocado
• Cabbage
• Sweet peas
• Asparagus
• Mangoes
• Eggplant
• Kiwi
• Cantaloupe (domestic)
• Sweet potatoes
• Grapefruit
• Papayas
• Mushrooms

Conclusion

Hopefully you are more informed about the impact of pesticide-use, and ready to make good decisions. Now you know which commercial produce contains the most pesticide and which ones are safer. Have you been encouraged to buy organic or to grow your own food? I sure hope so!  Be sure to learn more about pesticides and the dangers by visiting http://beyondpesticides.org/

Nicole

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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  1. A super-informative post! Thank you so much for all the information!! I’ve got to bookmark this for future use 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Katie! It’s good info to have. Sometimes the organic aisle at the grocery store can be overwhelming. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for educating me on pesticide use. I wasn’t aware of the clean 15, so thanks for that info as well.

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    • I’m happy to provide helpful information. It’s nice to know some produce is clean, that way we can save money at the grocery store! 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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